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Gluten-free RX Bars Get #nimatested

Gluten-free RX Bars

RX Bar was started with the intention of creating no-nonsense, nutrition packed protein bars. While they proudly state that they are a company that is focused on being fully transparent about their products’ ingredients, they don’t necessarily make any claims about making completely free-from products. Given this claim of transparency, and some of the recent news about this brand (see below) we decided to test some of their bars with our Nima Gluten Sensor.

Recent news:

RX Bars recently made headlines when some of their products were voluntarily recalled due to undeclared peanuts. Apparently only a select few products, during a select date range, were affected by this issue. RX Bars released a statement on their website that gives details into which products were recalled and how to identify them.

The short explanation that RX Bars gave about this recall pointed at an ingredient (unnamed) supplied by a 3rd party. They shared that they have since changed the supplier for that specific ingredient.

So far we haven’t seen anything in the news about any mislabeling of other RX Bar products (specifically gluten containing). But, many folks in the free-from community know that food products that are not accurately labeled for food allergens is not uncommon. Our CEO wrote a piece about the importance of correctly labeling food items in the store-bought and restaurant food industry.

Another important thing to note is that you will see that pretty much all of their bars have “manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat” warning. What does this mean? It means that there is a chance of cross-contamination. These types of warnings are entirely voluntary and not currently required by the FALCPA. Not only is this information optional but there are no standards for the wording of such critical information.

Please note:

This blog post is not a paid partnership or endorsement of the RX Bar brand. This is simply a report of what we found with these specific bars and tests. We only tested these bars for gluten and not peanuts. Some of the Nima team members who have celiac disease consume these bars with no negative reactions. However, please use caution whenever deciding to try a new food brand!

Chocolate Sea Salt

Gluten-free RX bars

#nimatested Results: Smile!

Notes: contains dates, dried egg whites, cashews, almonds, chocolate, cocoa, natural flavors, and sea salt. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Blueberry

Gluten-free RX bars

#nimatested Results: Smile!

Notes: contains dates, dried egg whites, almonds, cashews, blueberries, and natural flavors. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Coconut Chocolate

Gluten-free RX bars

#nimatested Results: Smile!

Notes: contains dates, dried egg whites, almonds, cashews, chocolate, natural flavors, sea salt, and coconut. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Mint Chocolate

Gluten-free RX bars

#nimatested Results: Smile!

Notes: contains dates, egg whites, cashews, almonds, chocolate cocoa, min, natural flavors, and sea salt. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Mixed Berry

Gluten-free RX bars

#nimatested Results: Smile!

Notes: contains dates, egg whites, almonds, cashews, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and natural flavors. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

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